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An inspiring Ted talk from Amanda Burden who has helped transform and protect public spaces in New York. Our town planners in cairns should see this:
http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_burden_how_public_spaces_make_cities_work
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A short video about the largest network of marine parks - Australia's gift to the world. Support this initiative like many international celebrities - it is for those who come after us:
International celebrities support the world's largest network of marine parks
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Despite the large sites like Homeaway, TripKey and Stayz having verification procedures, the scams are still happening. Some scams are happening because of fictitious listings but the majority seem to be due to the hacking of the email enquiry. I do not know whether this is happening at the website end (Homeaway etc) , at the customer (renter) computer or at the property owner/manager computer.
It seems less likely that a major website would be hacked than the computer of the customer or owner. However, large organisations may have great web security but because they employ many people, they may be hacked from the inside.
Potential renters could take a few very simple steps to verify that a property exists and that the owner of that property is genuine:
Phone the owners and ask for their name and address. Check that name and address against the phone book listing (you can do this online or go to directory enquiries, give the operator the name and address and ask them to connect you).
Do a search using the listed property name and suburb of that property to see if it is listed on other websites or it may even have its own website. Check the phone numbers/email addresses are the same.
Where possible use the smaller local or regional sites to make a booking because they will usually be available on the phone and will know the owners and the properties. This also supports local Australian business rather than large multinational corporations.
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Andrew Griffiths hits the nail on the hread in an opinion piece in last Saturday's Cairns Post (24/11/12)
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Blow your mind with this incredible Google Places out on the Great Barrier Reef at Wilson Island. Yes, you can move along and explore the coral. Much more exciting than looking into people's backyards. Go here:
Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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I love this interactive map showing all the wonderful tropical produce in North Queensland:
http://www.cairnsconvention.com.au/interactive-local-produce-map.html
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You may think it could not happen here...
Such is the growth in holiday home rentals around the world that local.state and federal governments are all looking at ways to clip the ticket by way of regulation and taxation. They are, of course, egged on by the hotel industry who would like to create an expensive barrier to entry and run a scythe through our ranks.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/3284eeb4-c452-11e2-bc94-00144feab7de.html?goback=%2Egde_4260398_member_246871546#axzz2VI3pTzST
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A Celebration of Leaves and Stems

Yesterday, Lizzie and I and Sue visited a beautiful garden in Freshwater.
The Freshwater northern side of the Whitfield range gets more protection from the sun and we have had continuous moisture for 
months now but without the usual 3-4 week deluge. Plants seem to stop growing when they have very wet feet for weeks.

This year has been perfect. The garden is just over 3 years old although it has the benefit of a marvellous backdrop of mature trees.
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Beautiful garden, I used to live on this street and admired  it everytime I walked past..
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We have such a fabulous variety of locally grown food in North Queensland. Check out this website:
http://www.australiantropicalfoods.com/index.php/gourmet-foods/organic-bio-dynamic/
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78 Wilks St Bungalow QLD 4870 Australia
78 Wilks StAUQLDBungalow4870
Vacation Home Rental Agency
Welcome to our Cairns Holiday Homes Google+ page. As well as Wilks House, which is our own holiday rental, we manage the marketing and bookings for a selection of homes, studios and apartments in the Cairns area of Tropical North Queensland. The properties are all owner operated - we just operate the website and deal with all enquiries and bookings up to the payment stage. We are Nick and Lizzie Marshall and have been working in North Queensland tourism for 25 years.
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